Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Canada prints 'wrong' maple leaf on bank notes

Mark Carney must have expected all sorts of criticism ahead of becoming the Governor of the Bank of England - but perhaps not from a bunch of botanists.

By Louise Armitstead
3:51PM GMT 21 Jan 2013

The boss of the Bank of Canada, who takes over from Sir Mervyn King this summer, is under fire for issuing new bank notes depicting the “wrong species” of maple leaf.

Rather than a native leaf from the national emblem, the currency team at the Bank of Canada have printed $20, $50 and $100 bank bills with a Norwegian maple instead.

Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre botanist Sean Blaney told reporters: “It’s really hard to deny the image is of a Norway maple.”

Julian Starr, a botany professor at the University of Ottawa said: “I would have said immediately that it would be best to make it look more like a native maple leaf. I mean this to me is just ... wrong."

Julie Girard, currency spokesperson at the Bank of Canada, insisted there had been no mistake.

She told The Daily Telegraph: “When we designed the maple leaf, we didn’t want to represent one species, we wanted a maple leaf that was not specific so that Canadians from all the different regions could identify it...It is a stylised representation of a maple leaf.”

She added: “I cannot comment on what Mark Carney may or may not think of the maple leaf. But it is not a Norwegian maple.”


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